Uncovering Hamburger Heaven, Crusoe-Style in Hollywood, Florida
Tucked away along the intracoastal waterway is a restaurant that looks—to the casual passerby—like a mess of driftwood piled among friendly, intertwining treehouses. But as locals have known for the last 32 years, beyond the worn wooden fence lies what GQ magazine in 2006 called the country's best burger. The 13-ounce sirloin giant is a task to take on, but a gleeful one. No one seems to notice the sometimes hour-long wait, as the view of water and wildlife more than fill the time. Built by hand from driftwood, plus flotsam and jetsam literally picked off the nearby beach by the original owner, diners feel as through they're less in a restaurant and more in tropical jungle, over-looking the calm bay. Fish jump, birds sing, and geckos scurry along the branches, all seemingly enjoying the large, sizzling smells from the small open kitchen as much as the patrons. Reservations are not accepted, nor are credit cards, as the casual atmosphere and laid-back surroundings engulf the entire experience. You may never enjoy a meal in a more unique locale anywhere, which is why Le Tub, without ever advertising, is South Florida's worst kept secret.